Sweethaven Village was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 live-action musical feature film Popeye, produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions starring Robin Williams. It is open to the public as an open-air museum and seaside resort.

Popeye Village located at Anchor Bay, 3 km from the village core of Mellieħa, Malta.

logs and several thousand wooden planks were imported from the Netherlands, while wood shingles used in the construction of the roof tops were imported from Canada.

The construction of the film set began in June 1979. A construction crew of 165 working over seven months was needed to build the village, which consists of nineteen wooden buildings.

The set was completed in seven months, and filming commenced on January 23, 1980 and wrapped later that year on June 19.

The village is open to the public seven days a week and, apart from the film set itself, has a number of family attractions for the visitor to experience. Children can meet the main characters from the show such as Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto and Wimpy.

Popeye Village map / Image: popeyemalta.com

Featured Image: The House that Popeye Built by Crosby Newell

Websites: popeyemalta.com, popeye.com


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